Once again by mid-morning towers were building,
this time further west over the Cambrian
Mountains. In this image, taken from near Carno,
the big problem can be seen - haze!
I traversed SE again, almost to Knighton, but it
was becoming obvious that the action was going to
be closer to home today. It was also obvious that
the haze was going to play hell with cloud-base
observations. All that moisture from yesterday's
downpours wrecking today's opportunities.
So rather disconsolate, I drove back west,
passing through a mucky-looking thunderstorm near
Carno but emerging near Llanbrynmair into much
clearer skies. Maybe the day was not lost after
all?? I turned off the main road for Cwm Pennant
and up, via Staylittle to the top of the pass
....where I spent an enjoyable two hours
sunbathing, listenting to the thunder rolling
abound the hills and taking the occasional photo!
It was interesting to watch this storm "feed
itself". The towering cumulus clouds in the
foreground were moving south then south east, to
be absorbed into the gloomy mass of the storm
Here's a close-up....
Meanwhile, new towers were going up to the
...and to the north. This one almost looks like a
mushroom-cloud!! However these soon dissipated so
thinking the show was over I headed for home. But
at about 5pm rock-hard convection could be seen
from my window so I went back up there...
...noting another storm over N Wales on the
...and at the place I'd been earlier, it was very
close to me, almost overhead. This is looking
...and this is looking in the opposite direction,
towards Moel Fadian. Although the image cannot
show what was happening, these low scud-clouds
were rotating: the nearest ones going L-R and
those behind going R-L. This may have been a
wind-eddy as the ground falls very steeply away
beyond Moel Fadian, but the effect this close-up
The rotation was associated with this slightly
lower area of scud-cloud....
taken in portrait format.
And that was that! Two days of contrast, of
wonder, excitement, frustration and satisfaction
- emotions that go hand-in-hand with this
activity. Getting back to work after that was
something of an anticlimax!
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